In response to claims that it denied the Labour Party (LP) access to certified True Copies of the election materials used in the state’s off-cycle governorship election on November 11, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted.
In response to a claimed denial of access to election materials, Labour Party members reportedly marched on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters on Monday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, according to a previous report from Anaedoonline.ng.
Remember how lawmakers voiced their displeasure about what they claimed was a denial of access to the materials utilised for the governorship vote on November 11?
Senator Athan Achonu, a candidate for the Labour Party in the recently held state gubernatorial election, asserted that the Commission had declined to furnish him with certified authentic copies of the election materials.
Nonetheless, the election umpire stated that it maintained active communication with the Party in response to the accusations in a message posted on its official X Twitter.
It also disclosed that it was gathering the required paperwork for the purpose of estimating the cost and facilitating payment.
“The attention of the Management of the Commission in Imo State has been drawn to the statements from the Labour Party in Imo State, which claims that INEC has refused to issue the Party with a certified True Copies of Election materials, and wish to make clarifications on the matter. INEC however acknowledges the receipt of the application for the certification of documents from the LP, and had held active correspondence with them, informing them that the legal department would estimate the cost of the certification of all 33 items they requested for,” the statement by INEC read.
“The Commission is assembling all the needed documents to assess the cost so that payment could be made. Management clearly understands the right of parties to request for CTC of documents and would work assiduously to issue them,” it added.
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